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By Ken Darby

Were You Sincere In the First Place?

Smith goes to see his supervisor in the front office. "Boss," he says, "we're doing some heavy house-cleaning at home tomorrow, and my wife needs me to help with the attic and the garage, moving and hauling stuff."

"We're short-handed, Smith," the boss replies. "I can't give you the day off."

"Thanks, boss," says Smith, "I knew I could count on you!"

It seems the guy in the joke had an agenda other than what he was telling his wife.

I wonder how many of us do this, because we want more computer time or because we think what we are doing is more important than what a loved one asks us to do.

Are you guilty of this in any part of your life?

The lessons I've learned as life went on are that there  is no life where there isn't something to do you don't want to do. There is no job that doesn't have some aspects that are undesirable, and there are thousands of people with whom you will not agree.

These are the things that make us grow. It is in the overcoming of the lethargy within us that makes us grow  and expand to new frontiers.

If you have an agenda different than what you publicly state, you're only fooling yourself, and it's yourself who  will pay the price.

Integrity calls you to be who you say you are. Practice  that to achieve great results. No hidden agendas. Shoot straight and let others know the truth. Peace and  power are the result.

Don't go looking for excuses or reasons to postpone  or put off a task that needs doing. I make it a practice to do those things first. That way, the stuff I don't want to do is already done, and the rest of the day is a treat.

Soon, however, more of that stuff will come your way. Good. Get it done immediately. Procrastination can play havoc with your life. Getting things done can send you rewards you were not expecting, like raises, promotions, sales.

As with all of life, the choices are yours, but ask yourself, "Were You Sincere In the First Place?"

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Ken Darby writes articles, books and other material helping people achieve their goals.  Get your life-changing report "Scotching" for some of the secrets of the wealthy, by subscribing to the Pebble. Send any email to and


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